Just under a month ago, I posted about the proposed gun control legislation being proposed in the USA (Shoot) and how support for it has dwindled from a peak after the Newtown massacre. Many were predicting that it would not be passed by the Congress and indeed a bill to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales has failed to even pass through the Senate. President Obama was furious with the Senate for not following the wishes of 90% of Americans who supported such minimal and common sense measures. Yet the latest poll released yesterday indicated that only 47% of respondents indicated that they were angry or disappointed with the Senate.
And so I repeat what I asked in my former post;
“Am I naive? Will it hurt so much to give up assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition or armour piercing rounds? Armour piercing rounds? Why do you need that in a civilized society? To hunt well equipped rabbits? Would it really be too much to give those up? For me, the sound of children laughing and playing without fear is worth any price.”
At that time, I received a comment from Mark, The Walking Man. He lives pretty much on the frontlines of the debate in the gun infested streets of Detroit and is therefore in a good position to answer my confusion. This is his reply;